US Marshals Warn of Jury Duty Scam

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The United States Marshals Service is advising the public to be leery of phone calls coming from scammers about missed jury duty.

According to a release, the scammer poses as a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer calls a victim to tell them that he or she has missed federal jury duty but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately. 

Other versions of this scam claim the victim has failed to appear for a criminal court hearing or an “ongoing civil matter” and must pay fines to avoid arrest. 

The scammer provides information like titles and badge numbers of legitimate law enforcement officers or court officials, names of federal judges and courtroom addresses in an attempt to make the scam credible. Scammers can even spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are from the court or a government agency.

The US Marshals Services advises that you should not provide any person information or money to the caller. Federal courts do not call possible jurors and ask for money or other information.

If you believe you may be a victim of the jury duty scam, identity theft, or other scheme, you can also file a complaint online with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov.

(edited news release)


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